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Rosemary: More Than Meets the Taste Buds

  
  
  
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Ah, rosemary…that distinctively aromatic, woody herb.  Its pungent flavor seems to go a long way in flavoring many a recipe, but along with its touted fragrance and taste comes a propensity to support health. 

Nature’s little helper, a forgotten therapy

  
  
  
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As antibiotic-resistant bacteria continue to be a health crisis, bacteriophages (natural viruses) may be looked upon as a potential solution. Bacteriophages are the most common life form on earth and outnumber bacteria 10 to one with billions of years of experience. For every bacterium known on the planet, there are legions of bacteriophages (tiny viruses that seek out bacteria and use them as a breeding ground) and destroy the bacteria in the process. They are consumed daily in virtually all fresh and non-processed foods, in particular fermented foods.1 Therefore, using naturally-occurring, lytic bacteriophages may be the safest, most “green”, prebiotic currently available. Most people think of “prebiotics” as non-digestible starches that bacteria use for food, not viruses that consume bacteria. According to the FDA, a prebiotic is a non-digestible food ingredient that beneficially affects the host by selectively stimulating the growth and/or activity of one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon, and therefore improves the health of the host. Bacteriophages are a component of the intestinal flora of healthy humans2 and have been used as human therapeutics for many years with no reports of adverse effects.3

Gestational Diabetes and the Roles of Calcium and Vitamin D

  
  
  
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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has been recognized for decades; however, as America continues to embrace high carbohydrate, high sugar, high processed diets, physicians should pay closer attention to the ever-increasing signs and outcomes of GDM. Currently, GDM is thought to affect up to 18 percent of all pregnancies in the United States however, new diagnostic standards aimed at more rigorously identifying GDM risks would nearly triple the current rate of prevalence. This follows recent concerns regarding the long-term effects of GDM and the more recent revelation that even the slightest sign of impaired glucose regulation could lead to adverse outcomes.

Insulin Sensitivity and Sleep, or Lack Thereof

  
  
  
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Study after worldwide study (and there were many this year) correlate the ramifications of sleep deprivation on insulin sensitivity. The jury was clear – sleep loss affects the body’s ability to match up the glucose-insulin response.

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Kids & Probiotics: Let There Be Germs!

  
  
  
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Let’s face it; the 20th century was an unqualified success for modern medicine in drastically reducing and in some cases eradicating debilitating and fatal diseases. No one can argue that ending the scourges of terrifying conditions like polio and smallpox wasn’t a huge victory. Unfortunately, since every rose has its thorn, in our overzealous attempt to neutralize every possible germ, virus, and speck of bacteria, we have now sterilized, pasteurized, and irradiated ourselves into a hyper-clean environment in which we have to go out of our way to introduce beneficial bacteria into our bodies.

New Questions about Soy Safety

  
  
  
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While there are those out there who continue to praise soy as some kind of miracle food, evidence continues to emerge which exposes its many faults and raises questions about its safety. 

Astaxanthin for the Eyes

  
  
  
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We live in a digital age where media and screens dominate our environment and command our attention, whether we’re at school, at home, in our vehicles, in airports, or even at grocery stores. The unique niche once held by television has expanded and is now shared by computers, tablets, electronic books, video games, GPS systems, and more recently by smartphones.  The average youth spends approximately 7.5 hours each day using entertainment media, but even that seems conservative if you calculate the amount of time youths and adults spend staring at smartphones each day. In addition to the various psychological and social consequences of unbalanced screen time, the electromagnetic radiation from screens has been shown to elicit retinal oxidative stress and corneal damage.

Medium-Chain Triglycerides: Offering Up Brain-Boosting Ketones

  
  
  
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A growing body of evidence indicates that Alzheimer’s disease (AD), its precursor, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and other conditions that interfere with cognitive function, can be added to the list of “diseases of civilization” that largely result from diets and lifestyles discordant from those we are presumed to be best genetically adapted to. These debilitating conditions, which interfere with learning, memory processing, and behavior, are believed to be linked to a failure on the part of the brain to properly metabolize glucose. The evidence linking poor glucoregulation and hyperinsulinemia to cognitive impairment is so strong, in fact, that some researchers have taken to calling Alzheimer’s disease “type 3 diabetes.” 

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Selenium - The Secret Weapon for Skin Health

  
  
  
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It has often been said that the eyes are the windows into the soul. The skin also has the ability to offer glimpses into the cellular “soul,” and either radiates with a glow that speaks of health and vitality or reveals deficiencies and toxins harbored beneath its surface.

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Is it Really Acid Reflux?

  
  
  
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Let’s take a closer look at the use (or overuse) of proton pump inhibitors, and the dilemma they create by not addressing the real root of the problem. Proton pump inhibitors are often prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  GERD, whose symptoms include chest pain, chronic cough, sleep disturbances, and hoarseness, is characterized by too much stomach acid production, causing it to reflux into the esophagus. Treatment with proton pump inhibitors is used by many in order to suppress acid secretion in the stomach.

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